Nine in ten people send texts regularly, new usage stats show

Mobile users are sending 20 per cent more text messages than they were ten years ago, according to a new report from media watchdog Ofcom.

The report showed that nearly all mobile phone users are sending text messages regularly (at least once a week), with a rise from 70 per cent in 2005 to 90 per cent last year.

In addition, Ofcom found that a whopping 100 per cent of 16-24 year olds and 98 per cent of 25-44 year old participants use their mobile phones for SMS, reports mobilenewscwp.co.uk.

The use of instant messaging services on mobile phones has also seen a dramatic rise in the past few years. Users who regularly communicate via a mobile app rose from 29 per cent in 2013 to 42 per cent in 2014, notes ofcom.org.uk.

Overall smartphone use has doubled in the past five years – from almost one in three (30 per cent) adults in 2010, to over two-thirds (66 per cent) in 2014.

Surveying close to 2,000 adults (aged 16 and above) for the research, the watchdog wanted to look at the attitudes and media use of adults in the UK. This is the tenth version of the report, which is released annually.